Sunscreens for a Full Day at Disneyland

Sep 29, 2015 | Health, Lifestyle

At first glance this post might not look like it has much to do with Disneyland, but it really is because I’m talking about one of the two must-have items for anyone and everyone visiting Disneyland. No matter who you are or how old you are, everyone needs to wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen.

Perhaps this post might have been most useful at the beginning of summer, but sunscreen is a necessity all year round, especially in Southern California. I admit I can be overbearing on this subject, but too often I’ve found out that friends and family tend to not realize the importance of sun protection, and find it annoying to apply and uncomfortable to wear. While awareness of skin cancer and prevention is going up, I think this bears repeating because I still too often see the warnings go ignored. So today I’m sharing a few that I’ve used and recommend to anyone who might be looking for one.


This is a Japanese product and not as easy to find in the US, but I like it so much I’m listing it first: Shiseido Anessa Perfect Essence Sunscreen SPF 50. It was the first Asian sunscreen I’ve ever used, and currently my favorite because it is lightweight, not greasy, applies easily, and doesn’t leave heavy residue like western sunscreens. I highly recommend Asian sunscreens over western sunscreens. But as an alternative, I’ve used Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ for years. It’s a typical western sunscreen in that it’s heavier and greasier, but works well and is readily available.

I tend to wear light makeup daily and my almost daily base product is Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 for the light coverage and SPF. I have also used and liked Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm SPF 25, but this version doesn’t cover a wide range of skin tones. For days visiting Disneyland when I want to have fuller coverage of blemishes, I like Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation SPF 37 (a newer version of the one in the photo above). Since it is necessary to reapply once or twice during a full day at Disneyland, if it seems excessive to use so much of a pricier product in one day, there are similar options at the drugstore.

Lastly, don’t forget that your lips also need protection!


I do not have as many products to recommend for body sunscreen since I’m not as picky with those, and mostly just use whatever sunscreen happens to be sold at Costco. Currently I’m using the last of my Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55, which I also use for face when I don’t want to bother with the makeup products listed above. This has the standard heavy, greasy feel of sunscreen, but that feeling goes away after a while. I bought this in summer 2013 when it came with two spray canisters of Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock SPF 45 and two of the travel size Ultra Sheer Sunscreen. When I ran out of the sprays from my Costco pack, I bought the Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 to tide me over until Costco releases their sunscreen pack next summer. I like the sprays because they are so easy to apply (which takes care of one complaint), and they are super quick to reapply while inside the park.

I’ve noticed that the Neutrogena spray sunblock can come off with excessive sweat, but that’s mostly an issue during exercise and I think it’s perfectly fine for a regular day at the park. But since I’ve recently started running regularly, I started using Banana Boat Sport Performance Coolzone Broad Spectrum SPF 30, which I think might be a better choice for the excessively hot and sweaty days when you might want to visit Splash Mountain and Grizzly River Rapids multiple times.

I’m sure this information is quote obvious to most, which is a great thing. But there’s still a ways to go before enough people truly understand why sunscreen is so necessary.

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